All Things New

Revelation 21:3-5
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

What a glorious day it will be when the former things are passed away.  For thousands of years, sin has ruled, and death is a fact of life.  For so long, creation has groaned under the curse.  But on that future day, we will be free from all of that.  Those things that once caused such pain and sorrow will be gone for good.  Something new comes from our God who has the power to re-create, to redeem, and to resurrect.  In that perfect place, we’ll have new life, a new home, a new relationship, and a new reality.

God truly makes all things new, and there will be nothing of the old in that new place.  Our new lives will consist of different things than what we do here.  Our new life will be eternal.  Our new life will be in the presence of our God forever.  We will dwell in a new place that He has prepared for us, and we dwell with God and know Him in a different way than we can know Him from here in these earthly and fleshly bodies.  We will be with God and able to serve Him and worship Him in the perfect relationship He has always desired for us to have.

But the newness of that place isn’t just in the things that are there, but the things that will no longer be part of our reality.  There will be no more tears, no more death and the sorrow of loss and suffering and pain.  Those things that once marked us because of the existence of sin in the world will be a distant memory and never part of our experience there.  Anything associated with sin and its effects will be done away with, and forevermore we’ll live not feeling hurt, not feeling sorrow, not having to contend with the prospect of death—just life, and life without end.

What is this faithful truth that we can cling to even now?  That God is, and God is true, and God is life, and God is working out this plan so this will be our future reality.  Everything we struggle through here will lose its power.  We will be set free from all that overwhelms us here in our sinful world and our sinful flesh.  And we will dwell with God and He with us with nothing to separate, nothing to hinder, nothing to contaminate a pure and holy relationship with our great God.

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